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Thy mother, startled from her sleep,
By nature's wild uproar,
And, succour to implore,
She prays to Him who dried her tears,
That wept an only child;
And stilled the tempest wild :
Cold infidel!-thou sneer'st to see
A widow in distress;
Prays Heav'n her boy to bless.
Oh! know'st thou not she prays to Him,
Who gathers up the storms;
Its only barrier forms ?
Borne on the wings of Jesus' name,
Prayer mounts above the storm ; Moves Him that moves creation's frame,
To listen and perform! Thus feeble woman,
on her knees, Can hush the storm, and calm the seas.
Yes-covenanted power is her's,
And faith her fear allays. Sailor! rejoice, when danger stirs,
To think thy mother prays ! And when thou gain'st the peaceful shore, With her thy Saviour's love adore!
By calculation, it is found,
Water the largest tract.
Go, stand upon the ocean's shore;
And this will prove the fact.
Launch out upon the sea's vast space;
From which you first set out.
Where he commenced his ronte,
Outside the earth extends the air-
Although we don't perceive it.
You must not disbelieve it.
Fire is a substance shining bright;
With its fine sparkling hue :
And brightens up our view.
Behold the clouds above your head ;
In all you'll water find.
And man's observing mind.
Who can unnumber'd numbers count?
Not one !
Our highest praise.
CRITICAL NOTICES OF WORKS.
ROMANISM AND ANGLO-CATHOLICISM. LECTURES by JOSEPH SORTAIN, A. B.
of Trinity College, Dublin, and Minister of North-street Chapel, Brighton. 8vo. pp. 296.
London :-Ward and Co., Paternoster-row. Brighton :-J. Taylor, and E. Burns.
Every system, whether of truth or error, is marked by certain great features peculiar to itself, and distinguishing it from every other. Now it would not be difficult to give the more prominent characteristics of POPERY ;—for these after the lapse of so many ages, have become fixed and unchangeable. But the features of the OXFORD DOCTORS has not yet been fully developed. So far, however, as they have been discovered, they bear a strong resemblance, not to what is CATHOLIC, but rather to what is ROMAN. And this, we confess, is their worst aspect. Anglo-Catholicism is but a modified, restricted, and suppressed Romanism ;-it is an approximation to popery ;—its tendency is all in this direction. It is an attempt-a determined effort, (despite all the principles on which language is constructed, and all the laws by which it is governed,) to make the articles and homilies of the church of England as far as possible symbolize with those of the church of Rome, and thus prepare the way for the union of the two bodies. Who can doubt this, when Mr. Sortain informs us, that he heard an English clergyman broadly assert, in one of the metropolitan pulpits, that “ the churches of England, of Rome, and of France, are one and the same.” And, as he very justly adds, we may depend upon it, the elements are at present in solution ;-the necessary precipitate is at hand.”
In the work before us, Mr. Sortain has taken up the main points of the papal heresy; and with great dexterity 'and power, has shown how far, or rather how near the Anglo-Catholic assimilates in doctrine, judgment, and practice. He does not hastily glance at the ground he disputes, and then leave it :-having girded himself for the conflict, he takes his stand, and will not recede. In other words, he has come to his task well prepared, and with his mind thoroughly furnished. His work exhibits great research, and no limited acquaintance with the subject of which he treats. Our only fear is, that the volume will not be found sufficiently popular. The people are in need of some simple, yet effectual antidote, to the deadly poison which so
many of the clergy are cruelly administering to them. Our author's style, too, is perhaps rather florid and impassioned, for a work so completely argumentative. Still it will, we doubt not, find a very wide circulation among the more intelligent and retined classes of society. Nor can we but sincerely hope that it may be as extensively useful.
WARD'S LIBRARY OF STANDARD DIVINITY.
True Religion Delineated; or, Experimental Religion distinguished from
Formality and Enthusiasm. By Joseph Bellamy. D.D., Minister of the Gospel at Bethlehem, New England. Medium 8vo. pp. 260. Price Three Shillings and Fourpence.
A BRIEF EXPOSITION OF THE Epistles OF PAUL TO THE GALATIANS, EPHESIANS,
PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS, AND THESSALONIANS. By JAMES FERGUSSON, Minister at Kilwinning. Reprinted from the original editions of 1656—1674. Medium 8vo. pp. 500. Price Ten Shillings and Sixpence.
London :-Ward and Co., Paternoster Row.
The former of these works (both of which are worthy of a place in the STANDARD DIVINITY) was written after a period of unusual religious excitement and revival in New England, to which also we owe Edwards' famous Treatise on the affections. Both works were designed to distinguish between the true and the false in the momentous concerns of religion; and both are admirably adapted to this end. To recommend Dr. Bellamy's work, would be the merest formality. Such a production can be dispensed with only with the consummation of all things.
FERGUSSON'S EXPOSITION had become so exceedingly rare as scarcely to be known. We ourselves, waited for years, and in vain, to obtain a copy.
We cannot, therefore, but hail its appearance in this series. It does not, it is true, exhibit a critical analysis of the sacred text; still it seldom fails to seize the true meaning of the inspired writer, and then to bring out the doctrines involved, or the lessons inculcated. It is a production of no mean order. It will be appreciated by the student and the divine in their researches in the deep things of God;" while the private christian will find it equally adapted to enlighten his mind, and affect his heart.
NEW SAILORS' HOME AND CHAPEL, POPLAR.
It is with the most unfeigned pleasure that we have to announce the completion of the benevolent design of Mr. Green and Son, of Blackwall, in the erection of a New SAILORS' HOME AND CHAPEL, at their sole expense.
Both buildings are models of chaste and elegant architecture. The Home is fitted up for the accommodation of a large number of seamen, including officers of various ranks, and is conducted on the most liberal scale. It offers a safe and truly comfortable retreat for the sailor after the toils of the sea; and a happy refuge from the worser dangers which beset him on shore.
Nor are the higher interests of the man overlooked in this establishment. There is, or to be, a chaplain, whose duty it shall be to maintain family worship, and labour for the diffusion of scriptural knowledge and social piety among
the seamen who may
their abode within its walls.
The CHAPEL (which, even as a building, is all that we could desire,) was opened on Thursday, the 5th of August. The Rev. Dr. Raffles, of Liverpool, preached an admirable sermon, in the morning, from the words—" This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” And in the evening, the Rev. James Sherman, of Surrey Chapel, delivered a most powerful and impressive discourse from the words, “O Lord ! send now prosperity !” It was a day of great and sacred interest.
We fervently pray that the venerable gentleman and his son, who have thus so generously provided for the temporal and moral welfare of our poor seamen, may long live to see the results of their undertaking !
AGENTS' MEETING;-HELD ON FRIDAY EVENING, 13th AUGUST.
The records of another month, go to confirm the anticipation of a speedy moral reformation among our seamen. The Spirit of God is moving upon the face of the waters, and soon the divine image will be reflected from minds renewed, with far more lustre and loveliness, than from a sea of glass. Again we entreat the prayers of the whole christian church.